Whether the victim of cyber hacking or a man clamoring to save face, Playboi Carti was forced to respond to a torrent of backlash concerning the Narcissist merchandise collection from his online store, a release that the rapper has been hyping on social media, according to HipHopDX.
On Monday, Carti posted on Instagram a head-to-toe profile picture of himself in draping, all-black garments with the caption, “NARCISSIST 09/13/21.” The post created intrigue but was somewhat confusing, leaving many followers speculating as to what exactly the release would include. Some even believed that it would be a new album.
But when Playboi Carti’s online store finally updated, fans were shocked to learn that the racing inspired collection included a motorcycle helmet with an absurd $5,000 price tag. To make matters worse, user @the.thinkings observantly called attention to what appeared to be the exact photo of an identical Chinese motorcycle helmet priced at $29.
“Carti really said let’s do a $29 Chinese motorcycle helmet with a flat logo photoshopped on top for $5k fuck them kids,” he smirked. The same user also noticed a $40 ski mask in the collection that retailed for $.045 on a Chinese website.
In response Carti said, “The website is hacked. The [reference] folder was posted live. Never approved any clothing/etc.”
It is unclear what his response means for fans who have already purchased items. Whether or not the rapper will issue refunds remains to be seen.
Playboi Carti’s Narcissist Tour kicks off in Nashville, TN on October 14.